March 28, 2015 LI General Meeting

Meeting Location:  Church of St. Jude; 3606 Lufberry Avenue;  Wantagh, NY

     6:30 PM - New Member Orientation, Pre & Post Support Groups/Networking

     7:30 PM - General Meeting: Chapter Business, Special Memorial for long time APC-LI member and adoption social worker Caren Peet, Welcome New Children, Raffle (the proceeds of the raffle will be donated in memory of Caren Peet)

     8:00 PM - Workshops

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

PRE-ADOPT:

     Red Flags and What to Say When the Telephone Rings

     Guest Speaker: Jeanine Castagna, Esq.

     This workshop addresses how to recognize common Red Flags.  It will explore how to deal effectively with birth parents on the telphone on that first "scary" call regarding questions about money, openness and medical issues, along with some simple sample dialogues to use and what not to say.

PRE/POST-ADOPT:

     NEW TOPIC: An Adoption for Every Budget

     Guest Speaker: Brian Esse, Esq. and Adoptive Parent

     A detailed review of financial resources available to finance a domestic adoption.  Presentation includes federal and state credits and exemptions, employer benefits, grants, loans, creative fund raising and estate planning for post adoption.  Bring your questions to this very informative workshop.

PRE and POST SUPPORT and NETWORKING:

      If the other worskhops offerd don't apply to you, please come and talk with others in your situation.  This is an open discssion group - a great place to get (and give) support to others who are in the process or have already adopted.

 CHILDREN'S RELIEF COLLECTION: We will be collecting toiletries and gift cards to Target or Walmart (or money to purchase gift cards) for Little Flower Children's Service in Wading River.